From the Heart – Video Message – March 31

A  “Message from the heart” , short video messages from our Pastors Dan and David.  Checking in with us on a daily basis mid-day during the week.  Video footage will be posted on Facebook.  Please click through anytime after 1:00 p.m. each day and enjoy hearing from Pastor Dan or Pastor David.

 

Tuesday, March 31- Message from Pastor David

What has blessed your soul recently? For Pr. David it is music. What is it for you?

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Have Questions? Need to Talk?

If you would like to speak to a pastor, feel free to call
Pr. Dan at 717-599-2308, or Pr. David at 630-294-7002.

Kim Runge, our Faith Community Nurse is also available at 708-856-1201.

You can always contact any staff member or council member via email. All email addresses are on our website under the About Us menu.  https://sttimothylutheran.com/about-us/

Lenten Devotion – Day 35 – Grace—first, last and always

Lenten Devotion – Day 35 – Grace—first, last and always

Psalm Ephesians 2:8-10

And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

Grace—first, last and always

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

I spend hours pouring over other devotions and prayers on these verses. I pulled out all my different Bibles and books trying my best to understand exactly what this verse was saying to me. No matter what I read or noted I continued to struggle.  

I so wanted to do a good job and be proud of myself. I didn’t want others to think poorly of me. I kept thinking, how could I help with just one daily devotion?  I think I’m a good person. I think I’m a good Christian, and I have a deep faith, so why not? 

But then ‘I’ crept back in, and I would again doubt I could make this devotion a perfect daily read.

As I was walking to another room, it hit me.  ‘I’ was so obsessed with me doing a good job, ‘I’ so wanted others to be proud of me, ‘I’ so wanted this to be perfect.  ‘I’ got in the way and completely missed what this verse was saying: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works.” 

Paul tells us that God gave us his most precious gift of grace through Jesus Christ, freely, to help us live the life he wants us to have, not the life we think we deserve.

Grace doesn’t keep score, grace has no time limit, grace has no trophies, grace is forever eternal, grace is about having a life with God. Grace grows us into more of who God planned us to be. Grace is God’s gift, saving us with no strings attached no matter how perfect we think should be or aspire to be.

When I went back to check my work I had unknowingly typed god job instead of good job. To me, this was God’s voice reminding me again to step back and allow him to take control.

God’s grace is always with me even when I try to take over.

— Helen Maxon

 


Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your most precious gift of grace through your son Jesus Christ. Help us to always step back and allow you to share with us your immeasurable riches you have prepared for us.

To ponder:  Am I doing the work or is God?  Am I listening when God speaks to me?  How can I open my heart to allow God to love me as he desires?

 

From the Heart – Video Message – March 30

A  “Message from the heart” , short video messages from our Pastors Dan and David.  Checking in with us on a daily basis mid-day during the week.  Video footage will be posted on Facebook.  Please click through anytime after 1:00 p.m. each day and enjoy hearing from Pastor Dan or Pastor David.

 

Monday, March 30 – Message from Katie Andrade

For this special from the Heart Moment, Katie shares a song that she wrote for the women’s retreat we held this winter. “You are a seed planted in the snow”

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Have Questions? Need to Talk?

If you would like to speak to a pastor, feel free to call
Pr. Dan at 717-599-2308, or Pr. David at 630-294-7002.

Kim Runge, our Faith Community Nurse is also available at 708-856-1201.

You can always contact any staff member or council member via email. All email addresses are on our website under the About Us menu.  https://sttimothylutheran.com/about-us/

Lenten Devotion – Day 34 – Have hope!

Lenten Devotion – Day 34 – Have hope!

Psalm 143:12

And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

Have hope!

I encourage you to read all of Psalm 143 to understand the plea from King David to the Lord. David’s plea is based on a time in his life when he faced adversity.

A month ago, we might have said this sometimes rings true in our life. Now, we all experience adversity as we live with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus, as it spreads through the world. Our bodies, minds and souls are under attack, which can lead to the despair.

So, what can we do?  Think, prepare and have hope!

Life’s challenges should move us to think critically and prepare to thrive. The book of Psalms was assembled to be a guide for life and prayer as we grapple with those challenges. So many of them are pleas and laments seeking God’s help in times of trouble. They move from despair to deliverance, leading us to hope.

And that’s what the Lord provides for us today. Hope! God wants us to prosper, and we must turn to the words provided to us to find this hope.

Entering week three of our lockdown, the shock of our new daily activities should subside as they become the daily routine. This is a time for us to reflect on what is most important and then act those priorities.

Take care of yourself.  Think well, eat well and connect with people.  There is no excuse not to call, text or video with someone else.  What a blessing that we have the knowledge, resources and technology to persevere against this physical challenge.

Now, invite the Lord into your life to give your soul peace.

 —Jeff Gross

 


Prayer: God of all hope, awaken our trust in you that we may not despair but look with anticipation for what you will yet do among us.

To ponder:  What stirs hope in you during these challenging days?

 

Online Worship – 9:00 a.m. on 3.29.2020

Online Worship – 9:00 a.m. on 3.29.2020

We may not be able to worship physically together at St. Timothy Lutheran, but we can still worship together!  Please click below and experience our online worship today!  Sunday worship will be online and available at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday morning until we are able to share the peace in person once again! 

Peace be with you all!

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